REPORT: Ilhan Omar tweets out support for a new GI Bill that would apply to all, not just vets
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Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar came under fire for tweeting support for a Marine veteran’s article advocating for a revised GI Bill that would apply to all.
Iraq veteran Will Fischer, who used the GI Bill to cover the costs of his college education, published a story on AlterNet on Feb. 6 that argued, “The ethos behind the original GI Bill” should apply to all.
The article goes on to state the following:
Omar signaled her support of Fischer’s idea by tweeting out a quote from his piece.
“I’m a recipient of the GI Bill. The GI Bill was earned by agreeing to serve my country for six years and to put my life at risk as an infantryman in Afghanistan. It wasn’t something just given to me with nothing expected in return. Don’t cheapen our sacrifice w/ this comparison.”
“’Imagine what it would do for our country and those who live here if we were to take the ethos behind the original G.I. Bill and apply it to everybody—canceling all student debt and making public colleges, universities, and vocational schools tuition-free.’”
She included a link to an article from AlterNet.org in a tweet from Will Fischer that said, “My attempt to make the case for cancelling all student debt and making higher education tuition-free — for all.”
I’m a recipient of the GI Bill. The GI Bill was earned by agreeing to serve my country for six years and to put my life at risk as an infantryman in Afghanistan. It wasn’t something just given to me with nothing expected in return. Don’t cheapen our sacrifice w/ this comparison. pic.twitter.com/4CNspm8gXt
— Chris Manning (@Manning4USCong) February 7, 2020
In the article, Fischer writes:
The fact is that the G.I. Bill stands as one of the greatest economic achievements in our nation’s history—seeing a return of seven dollars for every one dollar invested.
But this isn’t merely about dollars and cents. By making higher education available to a generation of Americans at little to no cost, the United States saw the overall educational and economic power of her citizens boom. Three presidents of the United States, three Supreme Court justices, and dozens of House and Senate members have benefited from the post-World War II G.I. Bill, which also helped create 238,000 teachers, 91,000 scientists, 22,000 dentists, 67,000 doctors, 450,000 engineers, dozens of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, and an untold number of nurses, artists, and everything in between. There is a strong argument that even undertakings such as the moon landing were made possible by the G.I. Bill.
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